Former Blue Jays reliever Paul Quantrill turns 49 today.
He spent 6 seasons with the Jays and pitched in 386 games. His best season with the Jays was 1997 when he had a 1.94 ERA in 77 relief appearances. He had a rubber arm, pitching in 80 or more games in 5 different seasons and led the league in appearances in 4 straight seasons.
Paul worked as setup man for Kelvim Escobar, Randy Myers and Billy Koch, but never got a shot at the closer’s job, he had 15 saves as a Jay.
Paul pitched in the 2006 World Baseball classic for Canada and was one of the coaches for Canada in the 2009 WBC. He was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2010.
It’s also Ryan Tepera’s birthday, he turns 30 today (for some reason I thought he was younger). 2017 was his third season and easily best season. Career he has a 3.42 ERA in 125 games, 73 of them this year.
Happy Birthday Paul and Ryan.